Theoretical Architecture of my Overal Research Path
General “State” Diagram
In computer science state diagrams are used to describe the behavior of systems, on the assumption that behaviors are composed by a finite number of correlated states. I use the same method for giving a graphical reppresentation of the fundamental skeleton that structures my overall research path, given that philosophizing is an activity composed by a finite number of circular processes of thought; where circularity entails an always renewed state of deeper synthetic understanding of the whole through its parts. The mentioned circular process is also the result of how the distance between what is true “quoad se” and what is true “quoad nos” can be reduced by the philosophical research activity, as the natural development of our understanding goes from what is less noble to what is more noble “in se”.
stateDiagram s1:Natural or Metaphysical Theology s2:Metaethics and Ethics s3:Relativism s4:Epistemology s5:Meaning of Human Life s6:Ermeneutics of Western Intellectual History s7:History of Religion s8:History of Philosophy s9:Continuous Enhancing Synthesis [*] --> s1 s1 --> s2 s1 --> s3 s3 --> s7 s7 --> s8 s8 --> s3 s1 --> s4 s2 --> s3 s2 --> s5 s3 --> s5 s4 --> s5 s5 --> s6 s6 --> s9 s9 --> s1 s9 --> [*]
As mentioned in the introduction my main research interest concerns Natural Theology. The first question whose clear answer paves the way for the deepest understanding of human life is indeed that concerning the existence of God. For only the existence of the Pure Act can garantee both that whatever will follow our death will also correspond to the meaningful end to which is worth ordering every anction of our earthly life. In this sense everything changes depending upon the positive or the negative answer to the central metaphysical issue. It is not only a question of knowing if anything like an immortal soul is the highest component of our human nature, but also how exactly we are supposed to make “use” of it in the most meaningful way.
This is why the second most important question is represented by the fundamental metaethical one, which has to do with the kind of relation that the existence of God has with the foundation of ethics.
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